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Veteran officer charged with fraud

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A veteran Winnipeg police officer has been charged with several counts of fraud.

Sgt. Richard Sierhuis, 47, who once worked with the the Winnipeg Police Service's internal affairs, was charged following an investigation by the WPS's professional standards unit -- aka internal affairs -- that started last fall.

The professional standards unit is responsible for managing complaints against members of the Winnipeg Police Service, including complaints about employee conduct.

A veteran of 24 years on the force, Sierhuis faces seven counts of fraud over $5,000 as well as charges of passing of wares or services, and driving an unregistered vehicle, said a police news release on Wednesday.

Police did not release details surrounding the alleged offences, but said they involved "off-duty conduct."

Sierhuis was released on a promise to appear and is on administrative leave until the police service determines his employment status.

A car enthusiast, Sierhuis was featured in a story in the Free Press Autos section in February 2012, which described how he grew up as one of 13 soccer-playing kids in his family. The article detailed his restoration of a 1969 Chevelle SS 396 that he bought a decade ago because he and his wife were expecting and needed a bigger vehicle.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 4, 2013 A3

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